Sister Mary MacKillop
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Australia's first saint Mary Mackillop to be canonised

16 October 2010 Last updated at 08:50 BST

Australia's first saint - a 19th-century nun who was briefly excommunicated is to receive official recognition.

Pope Benedict will canonise Mary Mackillop in a service at the Vatican in Rome.

Her work for the Church was sometimes controversial and in 1871 she was excommunicated for insubordination.

The Church exonerated her three years later and she was eventually put on the road to sainthood by Pope John Paul II, who beatified her in 1995.

Nick Bryant reports.